Weight Management


Well, autocorrect is freaking out, but that’s how it’s spelled: Peganism.

It’s the relatively new marriage between the paleo diet and veganism to promote weight loss. Will the marriage last? At least until the wind blows to the next trend, clever moniker or movement.

The paleo diet (AKA the caveman diet) has many permutations, but it will be laden with lean animal proteins – beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs, fish. Nuts, seeds, oils, fruits and vegetables are included. You wonder if “caveman diet” wasn’t a big seller since cavemen and women had pretty short lifespans. But I digress.

Paleo restrictions include all grains, all dairy, all beans and legumes in addition to highly processed foods and iodized salt. Often you see the recommendation that you’ll need a vitamin-mineral supplement along with the diet – always a sign that the diet is not balanced.

The vegan diet shuns all animal foods and products and, as such, is 100% plant-based.

Does the union sound like it’s off to a shaky start? I think I’d need a cheat sheet to see what I could or could not eat if I were a Pegan. The science looks a bit sparse on all the claims so we might want to consider that too.

Could we stop with the crazy names and restrictions? Or should we make up our own? No need to buy the next diet book. Let’s go on the LiPPPS diet.

Eat and enjoy food that I LiKE. Always use a PLATE. Always control PORTIONS. Include more PLANTS. SIT while enjoying any food or snack. That doesn’t sound too hard, does it? Who’s with me to be well?





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No Weigh

This may not be the best time to talk about weight….but maybe it is. Here are three quick stories in the news.

“Early Antibiotic Use May Be Tied to Higher Childhood Body Weight” was the headline in Physician’s Briefing. Over 350,000 kids were evaluated for antibiotic use before the age of 24 months. There was an association indicating higher overweight and obesity in this young population. This is not the first study to show similar results.

Of course, when your child requires antibiotics, administer as your MD directs. But avoiding crowds during this illness season is not only a good idea for you but your baby.


The Journal of Physical Activity and Health published a study of 49 countries whose children did not get enough exercise. The goal for children aged 6 – 17 is one hour daily. Back away from the screens…kids and parents alike.


The third article comes from work at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Working in elementary, middle and high schools in the state with the goals of: reducing childhood obesity, providing fresh fruits and veggies and establish healthy eating habits in young children. Their strategies? Nutrition education in the classrooms and lunchrooms, cafeteria “coaches” and role modeling. Hmmmm. Where have we heard this advice before?


Home economics really should be brought back into the curriculum and parents should be modeling good eating habits at home. Come on peeps! It’s not that hard. But it does take thought and planning.

Overweight and obesity is worsening in the US; not only is it a problem for adults but children as well. We must stem the tide of this multifactorial problem with multiple approaches and strategies. Perhaps December is the perfect time to show what washing hands, physical activity and food choices looks like to be well.



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